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THE BATTLE Or BALRINNES. 221
They for two dayes wold not remove,
Bot blaithlie dranck the wyne, Some to his lass, some to his loue, "5
Some to his ladeis fyne. And he that thought not for to blyne,
His mistres tockin tackes; They kist it first, and set it syne
Upone thair helmes and jackes. ao
They past thair tyme right wantonly,
Quhill word cam at ye last, Argyll, with ane great armie,
Approached wondrous fast. Then [out] of the toune thir barrones past, as
And Huntlie to them said, " Good gentillmen, we will us cast
To Strathbolgie but bed."
Quhen they unto Strathbolgie came,
To that castell but dreid, so
Then to forsee how thingis might frame,
88. beed. 91. fraine.
89-96. This stanza is unintelligible in Dalzell. It stands thus in Laing's copy.
When they unto Strathboggy came,
To council soon they geed, For to see how things might frame,
For they had meikle need. They voted then to do a deed
As kirkmen do devise, And pray'd that they might find good speed
In that great interprise.